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Meteorologist Responds to Fat-Shaming Email: ‘If You Don’t Like Something on TV, Change the Channel’

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Carrie Duncan
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Carrie Duncan, a meteorologist at local South Mississippi channel WLOX, is hitting back at a viewer who sent her a mean-spirited, body-shaming email.

Duncan — who gave birth to a baby boy last December — shared a screenshot on Facebook of the message she received that called her an “embarrassment” and told her that she “will not live to see your children grow if you do not get rid of that horrid gut and huge arms.”

The message was particularly hurtful to Duncan because she is currently struggling with her post-baby body.

“I am not happy with my weight right [now],” she posted. “I am tired a lot and not getting much sleep and eating poorly. I know this. I want to do better, and I know I will.”

She posted an emotional response asking people to think about the words they say and how they can affect someone.

“I am sharing this email I received to show you what some people have to go through,” she posted. “It could be the thinnest person, and they’re too skinny. There are some people who are seriously unhappy. Ugly people always have something ugly to say. Please think about the people you are saying these things about and to.”

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Duncan said that this is not the first mean message she received from this viewer.

“I believe this person also sent a horrible email, which I didn’t read, when I was pregnant,” she said. “Here’s the thing, if you don’t like something/someone on TV, change the channel. Please stop with the hate!”